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Students become first facilitators

Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 25 - March 26, 1998

Twenty-five students in the College of Forestry and Wildlife Resources have become the first undergraduate students in the nation to be trained as facilitators in three national environmental-education programs. Facilitator training is the highest level of training in the national programs, Project Learning Tree, Project WET, and Project WILD. The training qualifies the students to train other educators in six-hour workshops.
Facilitator training is part of a new Natural Resources Education course taught for the first time this spring semester by Natural Resources Educator Kathy Sevebeck and Assistant Professor Steve McMullin. One of the class requirements is that these newly trained facilitators conduct a six-hour workshop. Four workshops across the state have been scheduled.
A Project Learning Tree workshop was held March 21 in Clifton. Project WET workshops will be held March 28 in Charlottesville and April 4 in Salem. A Project WILD workshop will be held April 11 at Virginia Tech. All workshops are open to interested educators. Registration is required.
Project WET, WILD, and Learning Tree are K-12 curriculum supplements about natural resources. The curriculum activity guides and other materials are available only with a six-hour educators workshop.
Project Learning Tree provides lessons about forest communities, wood products, and ecosystems. The state program is sponsored jointly by the College of Forestry and Wildlife Resources, the Virginia Department of Forestry, and the Virginia Forestry Association. Sevebeck is one of three state coordinators.
Project WILD teaches about wildlife and habitats and is sponsored by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the Virginia Izaak Walton League. Project WET addresses water-resources topics and is sponsored by the Department of Environmental Quality.
For more information, call Sevebeck at 1-7670.